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Parkersburg by Robert Anderson, Aaron Crites
The history of Parkersburg is, essentially, the history of the United States. Founded shortly after America’s independence, Parkersburg grew from a small river town in what was once wilderness to a thriving industrial city to one that is currently redefining itself. Industrial giants, such as Camden and Cabot, made Parkersburg a leader in the oil and gas industry by the early 20th century. The maturing city boasted numerous factories, luxury hotels, upscale stores, and several ornate theaters while also serving as a rail hub. Parkersburg also took pride in education, with architecturally stunning primary and secondary schools and the building of a branch campus of West Virginia University. High school sports contributed to the city’s reputation, with a lengthy list of statewide championships won by local schools.
Author Bio: Robert Anderson and Aaron Crites are colleagues in the history department at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. Anderson, who received his doctorate from West Virginia University, was driven to take on this project by his personal desire to understand the history of Parkersburg. Crites, who received his master’s degree from Marshall University, is a lifelong resident of the Parkersburg area.
# of Pages: 128
On Sale Date: 10/01/2012
# of Images: 200 Black and White